Mr. Speaker, what is, however, clear is that the nation is moving forward under this government and moving forward in the right direction.
We are now on course to exit the IMF programme by the end of this year. It has been a collective effort by all of us––Government, for exercising the kind of macro-economic competence and discipline that was evidently lacking in the past; and, the people for their patience, understanding, and keeping faith with their government.
The programme, may have had its critics because of the constraints it imposed. But, it was a necessary pill because by 2014, the government then had lost its fiscal discipline and had very little choice but to seek the bailout.
We are grateful to the IMF and are determined to maintain a combination of economic discipline and vibrancy that will ensure that we will not have to be rescued in that manner in the future.